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Gabriella Gebhard and one of her prize pooches.

She’s a two-timer.

Coupeville High School freshman Gabriella Gebhard has earned a return visit to the American Kennel Club national championship event after a strong showing in Tacoma this weekend.

The AKC big dance goes down at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando December 17-18.

Gebhard, who is currently ranked third in the nation among English Setter junior dog handlers, won Reserve Best Junior at the Tacoma Dome.

She was showing “Set’r Ridge’s Eternal Faith.”

Last December Gebhard took “Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making” to Orlando, where the duo narrowly missed the second cut while competing with 141 juniors at the AKC National Championships presented by Royal Canin.

The trip to Tacoma was a busy one for the CHS scholar/athlete, who also claimed Best In Breed with a different dog, “Set’r Ridge’s Climbing to the Top.”

Showing three dogs, Gebhard claimed multiple prizes as she continues her pursuit of fulfilling a dream by earning a trip to her sport’s showcase — the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Gabriella Gebhard and Walker, her faithful canine companion, are burning up the dog show circuit. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

Straight out of Coupeville, they wowed the big city judges.

CHS freshman Gabriella Gebhard and her English Setter, Walker “Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making,” were in Orlando, Florida, this weekend, competing with the nation’s best.

The duo made the first cut, then narrowly missed the second cut while vying with 141 juniors at the prestigious American Kennel Club National Championships presented by Royal Canin.

“(Making) the first cut was her goal in this kind of group,” said mom Stephanie Gebhard. “She felt good about it for her first year.”

Striking that perfect pose.

Gabriella, who has been winning titles left and right, was also awarded for being one of the top 10 sporting juniors in the US.

She has been ranked as high as #2 in the nation this season, and is intent on continuing her run to one day qualify for Westminster.

When not showing dogs, Gebhard was also a successful cross country runner during her middle school days.

“Good job, boy!”

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Gabriella Gebhard and Walker. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

Lookin’ classy.

The big stage awaits.

Coupeville High School freshman Gabriella Gebhard is off to Florida next week to compete in a huge showcase event.

The young Wolf, and her faithful canine companion Walker (Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making) vie at the American Kennel Club National Championships Dec. 18-19 in Orlando.

Win there and Gebhard qualifies for the premier event in the sport – the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Eligibility for the AKC National Championships is based on both accomplishments in the show ring and the classroom.

Each contestant must have a minimum of three first-place wins between Oct. 2020-Oct. 2021 in an Open Class, with competition present, while maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA in school.

Gebhard is currently the third-ranked juniors English Setter handler in the entire nation, trailing just Jessica Bratz of Florida, and Alexandra Apollos of Kentucky.

The AKC National Championships will air on https://akc.tv/.

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Coupeville High School freshman Gabriella Gebhard and a canine companion pose with some of her many awards. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

On point, always.

She’s at the front of the pack.

A talented group of freshmen athletes will enter the hallways of Coupeville High School this fall, with one already flying high on a national level.

Gabriella Gebhard, who also ran cross country at the middle school level, has been blazing a bright path at dog shows, and is just a step or two away from hitting the really big stage.

Coupeville’s ace is currently the second-ranked juniors English Setter handler in the entire nation, trailing just Jessica Braatz of Fort Myers, Florida.

Having defeated 300+ opponents (and their dogs), Gebhard is just one win away from qualifying for the Westminster Kennel Dog Club Show — the top destination in the sport.

“She needs to win Best Junior, so has to beat all other junior handlers, including seniors in high school, and kids who have won 10 best juniors (masters class),” said mom Stephanie.

As she makes a move at claiming the top spot, Gabrielle Gebhard and her talented pooch, Walker “Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making,” have been busy piling up awards.

The duo claimed every honor in sight at the Island County Fair, including three rally grand championships, and a grand championship for team obedience and judging.

That follows on the heels of claiming Best Junior and Best of Breed while competing at the Puyallup Kennel Club.

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Gabriella Gebhard and her English Setter are coming for all your dog show awards. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

Gabriella Gebhard is taking the world of dog showing by storm.

The Coupeville Middle School 8th grader, who is also a Wolf cross country runner, is just two wins away from qualifying for the world-famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The duo showcase their skills at an event.

First, Gebhard and her English setter, Walker “Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making,” head to Florida for the prestigious American Kennel Club National Championships presented by Royal Canin.

That event is December 18-19 in Orlando, Florida.

Gebhard, who has been working towards her Westminster dreams since age nine, brings out the best in her canine companion, and vice versa.

The duo have been claiming awards everywhere they go, winning Best Puppy in Sweeps, Best Junior, and Reserve Winner’s Dog at the recent Monterey Bay English Setter specialty in California.

All of the awards, I said. All of them.

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